Indulge in our weekly selection of art, fashion, and tech gadgets!
Indulge in our weekly selection of art, fashion, and tech gadgets!
Nearly a decade working in corporate fashion led the founders of Cienne to seek out a radical new business model.
When apparel designer Nicole Heim quit her job at Victoria's Secret three years ago, she wanted to get as far away from the drudgery of the corporate fashion world as possible. She wound up in Ethiopia, working for the non-profit Charity: Water. "It was kind of crazy, I was by myself with almost no resources in the mountains in Ethiopia," she says. "One day I saw Ethiopian weavers prepping their looms in the same way they have for centuries, and it got me interested to see if we could adapt that in a modern way."
So she re-entered the fashion industry with a new business model in mind. In June, Heim and fellow designer Chelsea Healy launched Cienne
A women's label that sources materials from all over the world and brings them back to New York, where local manufacturers turn them into stylish garments. Using textiles lovingly made from artisans and mill workers in countries like Japan, Peru, and Ethiopia, Cienne offers a conscientious alternative to the cookie-cutter fashion of big chain stores. Carefully tailored pieces and modern cuts make the line simple and sophisticated—a far cry from the crunchy, formless aesthetic you typically think of when you hear "global fashion."
The diversity of materials and geographical locations allows for scalability, Heim says. "We’re balancing out each individual artisan or supplier’s ability—if they can only do a certain amount of fabric in Ethiopia, for example, we’ll do larger volumes with the modern mill in Japan," she says, noting that they manufacture pieces locally because they trust the expertise of New York's Garment District (plus, as the company grows and quantities increase, the cost per garment shrinks more than it would if they produced clothes abroad). "We hope to bring on more countries as we grow the business so we can mitigate risk across the different artisan groups."
Until then, Heim says they will produce simple, easy-to-wear pieces in small batches with the idea that the collections will build on each other. Shop the Fall/Winter collection on Cienne's website and catch a preview of their Spring/Summer collection in the slide show above.
All images courtesy of Cienne.
Don't forget to check out the Dark Fleamarket this weekend in Berlin!
After three exciting and eventful years and many encounters with talented artists they are now moving and transporting the spirit of the subculture to Zurich.
A final chance to visit the dark side of Berlin on Saturday and Sunday 9-10 January starting at 15.00. At Atelier CROSS ART Tempelherrenstrasse 3, 10961 Berlin
A few years from now, people might reminisce about a time when they watched movies on screens and manually closed their bedroom curtains. Fortunately, we’re in the midst of a technological revolution. Nanoparticles might soon internally diagnose diseases, machines might build themselves and virtual reality headsets might replace televisions.
These innovative gadgets, however, aren’t only for wealthy corporations to enjoy. Many companies are creating innovative gadgets for everyday consumers as well. Here are 10 innovative gadgets built to make consumers’ lives easier in the next years.
Users will be able to create and interact with personally built or digitally projected holograms while wearing the HoloLens goggles. If users are especially fond of a holographic object they’ve built, they can bring it from the digital world into the physical world with the HoloStudio’s 3D printing capability. And, among other features, wearers of the HoloLens will be able to visually transport themselves to a different location — be it via a friend’s view of his or her room or the Mars Rover’s view of extraterrestrial life.
Dubbed “The Next Generation of Gesture Control,” Myo is an armband full of motion and muscle sensors that is able to pickup on the “electrical activity in your muscles to wirelessly control” your electronics via Bluetooth. According to the company, the device will work with Windows and Mac OS, with iOS and Android support coming soon. We’re not futurists, but if we were to guess at how we will control our home in the future, it looks very similar to this.
Meta provides holographic glasses that see through display and allow users to see, create and interact with digital objects shown in physical space. The company has shipped its first product, the Meta 1 Developer Kit after a $194k very successful Kickstarter campaign that ran in June 2013 (read here). Coupled with independent funding, they raised a total of $2 million by the end of the campaign.
Last month, January 2015, Meta announced a successful Series A funding round. During this round, the company raised $23 million from venture capitalists. Now, over 1500 developers and companies such as the world’s largest architecture firm Arup, Salesforce and Stanford University based company, SimX are building augmented reality applications with its SDK.
We know that 3D printing technology can be used to do more than make odd plastic trinkets. Thanks to a group of bioengineers around the country, we now know that the technology can also be used to develop human tissue. Dubbed Bioprinting Machines, these devices can build patches of skin, blood vessels, and cartilage using living cells.
Though years away from clinical use, one company, Organovo Inc., has already released a commercial 3D bioprinter that cost “several hundred thousand dollars each,” according to the Wall Street Journal. It’s not the hardware that’s holding the technology back, however, Hod Lipson of Cornell’s Creative Machine Lab, says, “We have machines that can make almost anything, but we don’t have the design tools/ In bioprinting, there is no computer-aided design software for body parts.”
In 2013, it seems advertising is needed about as much as clean water. So it’s refreshing to see one company work to combine the two. Located in Luma, Peru, and developed by The University of Engineering and Technology of Peru (UTEC) and ad agency Mayo DraftFCB, the billboard is able to produce around 26 gallons of water a day using five filtration devices and Lima’s extremely humid air. The billboard is designed to not only provide water to Peru’s largest city-one in which 1.2 million residents don’t have running water, but to also encourage kids to apply to the UTEC and study engineering.
We know: Having an airline lose your luggage is not the worst thing in the world, but it still sucks. GlobalTrac aggress. The company this year released its TrakDot luggage tracker, which allows you to use your phone or tablet or computer to see exactly where your bags are. All you do is slip the device into your luggage, and then fire up the app. Now if it could only figure out how to get your lost luggage back to you, that’d be great.
No one likes going to the dentist, even if it’s just for check-up. Scientists at Princeton and Tufts have been working a thin tooth sensor that may limit the amount of times you need to get your teeth checked. The sensor would alert you (and/or your dentist) when it detects any bacteria that could cause cavities, plaque buildup, or any other infections.
The researchers say the sensor shows great promise: in tests on eight people with a prototype implant installed in their dentures, the system recognised oral activities correctly 94 per cent of the time.
The Leap Motion Controller senses how you naturally move your hands and lets you use your computer in a whole new way. Point, wave, reach, grab. More than that The Leap Motion Controller doesn’t replace your keyboard, mouse, stylus, or trackpad. It works with them, and without special adapters. The Leap Motion is available for £65 (€89.99).
Apple created Siri, Microsoft created Cortana, Amazon created Alexa and Robotbase is in the process of creating Personal Robot. Unlike the others’, the Personal Robot’s name is decidedly generic so users can christen their robots themselves.
Although Robotbase’s future Alfreds and Dianas and R2-D2s aren’t slated for production until late 2015, the company’s Kickstarter claims its artificial intelligence personal robot will act as a stylist, office assistant, security system, speaker, camera, storyteller and household efficiency monitor. Shaped somewhat like an oversized spoon, the robot has a round monitor that’s attached to a mobile base with a built-in speaker, USB phone charger and 3D depth camera.
Few experiences are as frustrating as a morning alarm going off seemingly minutes after it was set. To combat this feeling, sleep tracking device Sense is equipped with a Sense Smart Alarm that will wake users at an optimal time in their sleep cycle. Users don’t need to worry about being late to work, as they still set their own alarm, but Sense will wake users slightly earlier if the Sleep Pill attached to their pillows detects they’re stirring earlier.
Users will therefore be prevented from falling deeper into sleep minutes before their alarm goes off, and will feel less groggy as a result. Sense not only monitors sleep quality, but also works to improve it. Its sensors monitor noise, light, temperature, humidity and particles to help users recognise, and possibly eliminate, the disturbances that wake them or lead to light, restless sleep.
ØSMOSIS is now providing it’s rapidly expanding community with a platform to view, admire, and buy into the Ø. concept. This E-gallery provides meticulously selected artists, Designers, and products. ØSMOSIS, loves finding the next big thing as much as sharing it with others, without taking ourselves too seriously and remembering to maintain a strong sense of humor. The unity of creative, intelligent, and innovative design; is a driving force at the core of the Ø. brand. We have set off to create a space with a varity of talents and interests unite to form a lifestyle.
The never ending quest of artistic and innovative potential has now lead us to create a market place for the thinkers of today in hopes to spread the vision and create a spike in the grand awakening of a generation. Come together to fuse a truly unique blend of what will be and what must change. Science, art, fashion and technology have finally begun their migration towards oneness. We envision a sustainable market with biomimetic roots and a high demand for quality and ingenuity. The work we do today should create a better future and demand growth.
Two years of transformation, Two years of conception, Two years of UY
Come celebrate the 2 year Anniversary of fashion label and art collective UY !
Location, OHM Berlin
Köpenicker Str. 70